Prentiss Bullard says one of the most important values his father instilled in him was education. “It was my dad’s dream for me to go to college, because I’m the first-generation student in my family,” says Prentiss. But Jan. 11, 2016, his life changed forever when his father was struck by a car and killed. Not only was his family grieving the loss of their beloved father, husband and son, Prentiss’ dreams of a college education came to a halt.
Watch his story here:
Thanks in part to a Life Lessons Scholarship from Life Happens, Prentiss has been able to get his educational dreams back on track. This program was established in 2005 to help students who are struggling to get an education because a parent or guardian died with little or no life insurance. Since its inception, more than 500 scholarships have been awarded, totaling more than a million dollars in scholarship money.
The effects of this giving are immediate and real: “I am so excited to attend college to pursue my degree in biomedical engineering and couldn’t do it without the generous scholarship from Life Happens,” says Prentiss. You can see the other students who were awarded scholarships this year here.
“These stories remind us all of the pivotal role life insurance plays in providing financial protection to families and loved ones,” says Marvin H. Feldman, CLU, ChFC, RFC, CEO of Life Happens. “We’re grateful to these students for sharing their experiences, and we hope their stories inspire others to protect their loved ones for the unexpected through adequate life insurance coverage.”
You can help change a life by your tax-free donation on #GivingTuesday to the Life Lessons Scholarship Program. And that’s one of the most powerful gifts that you can give: helping someone gain an education so that they can help themselves.